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Spotify podcast polls test hints at a more interactive future

Spotify podcast polls test hints at a more interactive future

Spotify has started testing a new podcast poll feature with a number of mobile users, enabling audiences to participate by answering questions. The feature is a test at this point, meaning only some users are able to access it. However, the presence of this type of feature hints at a future in which Spotify may be more interactive than it currently is, crowdsourcing information from listeners and, potentially, encouraging them to interact with ads and other elements.

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Spotify pens deal to turn some original podcasts into TV shows and movies

Spotify pens deal to turn some original podcasts into TV shows and movies

Spotify has penned a new deal with Chernin Entertainment that will give the chance to nab some original podcasts for new movie and TV projects. The news comes amid the renewed interest in podcasts and the steady rise of original fictional dramas in audio format. Two original Spotify fictional podcasts have already been nabbed for video projects, according to a new report, including one starring Rami Malek of Mr. Robot fame.

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Spotify finally adds the podcast feature users have been waiting for

Spotify finally adds the podcast feature users have been waiting for

Spotify made the jump into podcasts several months ago, now boasting a large library of content, including some major exclusives. Despite the amount of time the platform has offered this digital audio, it has still lacked some basic features podcast fans have become accustomed to, one of which is the ability to determine when new episodes are available on their favorite shows. That, finally, has changed.

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Google is making it easier to find high-quality local audio news

Google is making it easier to find high-quality local audio news

Google has revealed that it will make it easier for users to find high-quality local audio news, filling a category largely ignored by existing podcasts and other audio programs. This effort will involve the company's Assistant and Podcasts products, Google revealed this week, stating that it will deliver 'Your News Update' to its Podcasts app. As well, Google Assistant users will get better access to local audio news.

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Horror podcast Ghost Tape arrives in October with star Kiersey Clemons

Horror podcast Ghost Tape arrives in October with star Kiersey Clemons

Audio production studio QCode is gearing up to produce another scripted podcast, this one called "Ghost Tape." The serialized podcast will be in the horror genre and will be released this October from co-creators Nia DaCosta and Aron Eli Coleite with Kiersey Clemons in the starring role. This show will join several other scripted podcasts from QCode, including "Blackout."

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Audible and NBA team to launch podcast based on hit documentary

Audible and NBA team to launch podcast based on hit documentary

Amazon's Audible audiobook service has teamed up with the NBA to launch a new sports podcast that builds upon a recent hit documentary called The Last Dance. The announcement comes amid Audible's big change in how the platform works, giving the public unlimited access to thousands of pieces of audio content under a new monthly subscription tier.

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League of Legends and Spotify team up for esports podcasts and playlists

League of Legends and Spotify team up for esports podcasts and playlists

In recent years, Spotify has been looking to diversify its content offerings by going hard on podcasts. This has resulted not only in Spotify building out a set of podcast features for its app, but also penning deals that have seen it land a number of high-profile podcasts as exclusives. Today, the company announced something new: a foray into esports as part of a new team up with League of Legends.

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Amazon is adding podcasts to Music, quietly scrubs ridiculous rule

Amazon is adding podcasts to Music, quietly scrubs ridiculous rule

Amazon is following in the footsteps of some of its biggest competitors: it will soon add podcasts to its Amazon Music product, enabling its users to stream these audio shows without turning to third-party apps. The initial unveiling of this plan came with a ridiculous requirement for shows, however, one that aimed to force podcasters to avoid 'disparaging' the company. It has since removed that requirement.

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Spotify Group Sessions beta now includes your long distance friends

Spotify Group Sessions beta now includes your long distance friends

Back in May, Spotify began testing a new feature called Group Sessions. The feature allowed Premium users to share some control over their playlists, but it only worked with other physically present Premium users. Two and a half months later, Spotify is back with an upgrade to Group Sessions that allows them to share DJ duties with users who aren't in the same location.

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Spotify video podcasts go live worldwide: Here’s what’s new

Spotify video podcasts go live worldwide: Here’s what’s new

Spotify has been going hard on podcasts in recent years, and today we're seeing the company take a big step toward making its app a prime destination for podcasters. Today, Spotify announced that it's rolling out video podcasts around the world - or at least in all markets where podcasts are currently supported. Video podcasts will be relatively small scale at first, as only several select shows will support them.

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NASA’s latest podcast episode is all about Mars Perseverance rover

NASA’s latest podcast episode is all about Mars Perseverance rover

NASA's Johnson Space Center has published the latest episode of its 'Houston We Have a Podcast' audio show, this one focusing on the space agency's new Perseverance rover. NASA plans to launch the rover later this summer with the goal of landing it on Mars in February 2021, marking the latest machine the agency has put on the Red Planet. The podcast is free to download on a variety of platforms.

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Michelle Obama is bringing an exclusive podcast to Spotify

Michelle Obama is bringing an exclusive podcast to Spotify

Spotify will be the exclusive home for Michelle Obama's first podcast, the company has announced. The audio show is titled The Michelle Obama Podcast and it comes from the Obamas' production company Higher Ground, which previously formed an exclusive deal with Spotify. Michelle Obama will be the host of the new show, which will revolve around 'candid, human, and personal conversations.'

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